Autograph GTI

Discretely tuned Mk5 Volkswagen Golf has 305bhp but remains drivable

Evo rating
  • Enhances the standard GTI superbly
  • A bit pricey if you have it all

If you’re a mk5 Golf GTI driver feeling a bit off the pace since the arrival of the new Focus RS, Autograph Cars may have what you need. And I don’t mean five litres of fluorescent green paint and a skip full of spoilers.

If you peeled off the stickers all you’d really notice is the different wheels, but a lot has been done to this Golf in all the right areas. It produces an unequivocal 305bhp yet retains the regular engine’s characteristics and manners, while the gearshift is shorter and crisper and the uprated ten-pot Tarox front brakes work harder. Polyurethane bushes are fitted to the front suspension arms and the rear gearbox mount, and there are shorter Eibach sports/road springs, too.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

The upshot is that this Golf drives just like the regular version, only more so. There’s more bite and more conviction but no loss of comfort or usability. I love it, especially the auxiliary boost gauge that sits atop the steering column and perfectly matches the stock, blue-lit dials. You’d think it was from the factory, and the same goes for the whole kit, which comes in at £7995, fitted.

Specifications

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1984cc, turbo
Max power305bhp @ n/a rpm
Max torque298lb ft @ n/a rpm
Top speed160mph+ (est)
0-60mph5.5sec (est)
PriceSee text
On saleNow (www.autographcars.co.uk)
Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/volkswagen/golf/21122/all-new-2020-volkswagen-golf-pricing-and-specs-revealed
Volkswagen Golf hatchback

All-new 2020 Volkswagen Golf pricing and specs revealed

5 Feb 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/jaguar/202210/jaguar-f-type-r-2020-review-supercharged-v8-coupe-takes-the-fight-to-porsches-992
Jaguar

Jaguar F-type R 2020 review

Entry-level P300 still has the sweetest F-type chassis, but the 567bhp R’s appeal is as enduring as ever
10 Feb 2020
Visit/advice/15370/five-of-the-best-used-v12-cars-you-can-buy-right-now
Features

Five of the best used V12 cars you can buy right now

For less than the price of a new Porsche 911, you could have a dozen cylinders at your disposal
4 Feb 2020
Visit/porsche/202213/porsche-macan-gts-2020-review
Porsche

Porsche Macan GTS 2020 review

Porsche's mid-sized Macan GTS remains the most impressive SUV to drive with a tad more polish and tech
10 Feb 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019